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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Men’s Lacrosse lose to QU; One Game Left

 The Hawks lost by a mere goal against conference opponent Quinnipiac of Saturday, April 18. MU senior Ryan Schwartz was the Hawks main scorer contributing two goals and an assist. Sophomore Zack Schliecher also made his presence on the field known with one goal and an assist. A late rally by the Bobcats had the Hawks see a final score as a 9-8 loss. This marks the Hawks fifth goal of the season that has been decided by one goal. 

QU outscored MU 6-1 in the second half, who at one point during plays led 7-3 before intermission. The two teams were rather even offensively with QU only outshooting MU by one.

The Hawks appeared well prepared for the match and soon had a 2-0 lead with unassisted goals from Schliecher and Schwartz. The Bobcats then saw an unassisted goal of their own from Steve Bryant to make it a 2-1 game. Sophomore Eric Berger brought the difference back to two by means of unassisted score with 2:55 left in the first quarter. The Bobcats retaliated and got within one, but prior to halftime, the Hawks scored four goals of their own. 

During this streak, freshman Bryce Wasserman scored his 21st goal of the year while Schwartz assisted on sophomore Chris Daly’s ninth goal. Sophomore Jayson Bevacqua’s had his second career assist on Kevin Murphy’s goal while Schwartz found the net with 59 seconds remaining to pull the Hawks ahead, 7-3, at the end of the half.

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SIDE LINES: 4/22/15

After sweeping in-state rivals St. Peter’s and Rider 7-0 and 6-0 respectively, the men’s tennis team clinched the number one seed in the upcoming MAAC Championship. With the victories MU finished undefeated at home for the second straight season. The Hawks then claimed the MAAC regular eason title with another shutout win over Fairfield on Monday, April 20. 


The men’s golf team earned a fourth place finish at La Salle’s Finegan Invitation. Kyle Deisher was four over par for the tournament to lead the Hawks. The junior shot rounds of 73 and 71, which was good enough for a top ten overall finish. MU has it hits stride recently, and heads into the MAAC Championships coming off six-consecutive rounds shooting 300 or better. 


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Monmouth Versus Rutgers: Who Really Runs NJ Athletics?

baseball for page 22Rutgers University has consistently set the bar for division one collegiate athletics in NJ. Whether it be because of its involvement in a nationally recognized conference like the BIG 10 or their countless championships from their time in the Big East, Rutgers has been the standard. As the lone NJ. representative in FBS football, the Scarlet Knights have cast a shadow over most other in state division one schools. 

But could the tides be turning? Could Rutgers be stepping aside to a greater collegiate power in NJ? You be the judge. 

MU has given Rutgers a run for their money as of late. Over the course of the 2014-2015 collegiate season, the Hawks have come out on top in the majority of the meetings between the two universities. MU has gotten the better of the Scarlet Knights in, baseball, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and field hockey.

The Hawks were narrowly denied another win over Rutgers in a tightly contested men’s basketball game in West Long Branch, NJ. In front of a sell-out crowd at the Multi-purpose Activities Center, the Hawks led for over 30 minutes only to be ousted by a last second shot which gave the Scarlet Knights a dramatic come from behind win. 

“We’ve had a great amount of success against Rutgers,” said Monmouth University Vice President and Director of Athletics, Dr. Marilyn McNeil. “I think it’s a very good in-state rival, I think it makes sense to have the big public school and the little private school match up, and for us to come out on top is really sweet.” 

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Track and Field Looks Strong at Princeton

track and fieldThe University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at Princeton University on Saturday where both teams finished second to Princeton, with many Hawks having strong races.

Junior Connor Fuller won the steeplechase with a time of 9:36.17, as senior Tommy Darlington took third. Junior Graham Huggins-Filozof  finished second in the 1500 with a time of 3:57.31. Senior Andrew Langille scored in the 800.  Senior Jalen Walker took third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.52. 

The Hawks took the top three spots in the 400, with sophomore Malcolm Chavis taking first running 48.62 seconds a personal best. Sophomore Dylan Capwell and senior captain Ben Boyd finished second and third. Junior Ahmier Dupree won the 100 with a time of 10.72 seconds. Dupree also won the 200 with a time of 21.70, while junior Eric Kahana also scored. MU’s men’s 4x400 relay won the event with a time of 3:16.72.

Sophmore Troy Andretta came in third in the hammer throw with a distance of 177’1”. Senior Taylor Bernstein took second with a shot put of 56’10.25”, with junior Tevin Kirby-Stewart taking fourth with a throw of 54’8.75 

Two Hawks scored in the javelin, with senior Zach Torrell taking second with 193’2” and  freshman William Civatte coming in fourth. Three Hawks placed in the discus, as Bernstein and Kirby-Stewart went two-three and freshman Corey Murphy finished fourth.

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Sterling Impresses NFL Recruits at Pro Day

NealSterling2Miles Austin, Jose Gumbs, Chris Hogan: all former Hawks who continued to make names for themselves in the game of football. Since former Monmouth star Miles Austin found his way from the Jersey Shore to Dallas, TX, the NFL Draft process has found its way to West Long Branch, NJ. 

Last year, the turnout for Monmouth’s Pro Day was not as extreme, but did feature cornerback Tevrin Brandon who ran a 4.34 40-yard dash and went on  to land himself a deal with the Denver Broncos. This year has been a record- breaking year for MU with NFL representatives, 19 to be exact, making their way to Wall, NJ to watch 11 of the small school’s athletes show what they can do. 

Neal Sterling, 6’3” and 238 pounds, was this year’s headliner. 

A fifth-year senior wide receiver and a star player for the Hawks’ offense, it didn’t take long for Sterling to realize what more can come to him from the game. With this year’s season ending, Sterling went out catching 55 passes for 905 yards and six touchdowns, helping the team finish 6-5 in their first season as members of the Big South Conference. Once the season came to an end it was time for Sterling’s next step for a career to begin. 

Sterling set out and looked for an agent, who he had a difficult time choosing at first because of all the offers and promises of what they can do for him. He decided on agent Dave Butz, who then sent Sterling down to begin training at a multipurpose facility in Pensacola, FL called EXOS which specializes in performance assessment training. Sterling kicked off the new year with training beginning on Jan. 3 and work outs six days a week and double sessions which continued up to just the weekend before Monmouth’s Pro Day on Tuesday, March 10.

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MU Appoints Swim Teams’ Head Coach

In November, Monmouth University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil, after consulting with the University’s Trustees, announced that the men’s and women’s swimming programs would be reintroduced as NCAA Division I sports at the school. Today, Monmouth has announced that Monmouth County native Matt Nunnally, who has coached at the Division I level for 20 years, has been appointed the head coach of the reintroduced men’s and women’s swimming programs.

McNeil stated, “We are excited to have Matt join the Monmouth family. He has wonderful Shore roots, plus the excellent Division I experience to allow him to lead our swimming program into its successful future.”

A native of Avon by the Sea, Nunnally comes to Monmouth after spending 15 seasons as the head coach of the men’s and women’s swim teams at his alma mater, La Salle University. After a distinguished career as a student-athlete at La Salle, Nunnally returned to his alma mater in 1999 after serving five years as an assistant coach at Seton Hall University.

During the 2008-09 season, Nunnally coached the men’s and women’s teams to a No. 21 ranking in the Mid-Major Division I polls. Three years prior, during the 2005-06 season, he led the men’s team to a No. 25 national ranking in the final polls, climbing as high as number 13. In 2010, the men’s team was ranked as high as 12 in the CSCAA Mid-Major Poll. Aside from keeping his teams competitive in the pool, Nunnally has also coached numerous Academic All-America teams while at La Salle.

Since 2010, 30 school records have fallen at La Salle and 10 Atlantic 10 champions have been crowned under Nunnally’s command, while he was named the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women’s Coach of the Year. At the 2012 Atlantic 10 Champs, Nunnally produced gold medal winners in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, the 1650, and the men’s 200 medley relay which was also an NCAA “B” cut.

Since his graduation from La Salle, Nunnally, a 27-year veteran lifeguard at Bradley Beach, captured his third National Lifeguarding Championship high point award in Cape May. His previous titles were captured in San Diego (2000) and Cape May (1999).

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SIDE LINES: 4/15/15

The women’s tennis team moved to 2-13 on the season after splitting this past weekends matches against George Mason and Manhattan. MU first fell to George Mason 6-1 on Saturday, April 11 before bouncing back and beating MAAC foe Manhattan 5-2 the very next day. The Hawks will host Quinnipiac this Saturday, April 18 in another conference showdown set for 11:00 am


The men’s tennis team had its five game winning streak snapped after falling to Penn State 6-1 this past Sunday, April 12. With the loss MU falls to 9-8 overall on the season. Senior Victor Pugliese captured the Hawks only match win with his straight set victory in the number one singles position. MU next hosts Marist on Wednesday, April 18 at 2:30 pm. 


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Women’s Lacrosse Remain Undefeated in Conference

Olivia HigsonThe women’s lacrosse team extended their winning streak to five games this past week to improve to 8-3 overall on the season, and are currently tied with Fairfield and Canisius for first place in the MAAC at 3-0.

MU first overcame an early four goal deficit on the road at Quinnipiac to earn a thrilling 11-10 overtime win over the Bobcats. Sophomore Olivia Higson and junior Marial Pierce led the Hawks’ attack with three goals apiece, and Higson added an assist as well. Senior midfielder Allison Stathius also scored multiple goals with two and added an assist of her own. 

“I was very proud of how we came back,” said head coach Denise Wescott. “Once we started to come back, we worked hard to get the draw and then made some great plays to get possession back and tie it. I was really pleased in overtime that we were composed, got the draw and maintained possession long enough to make a couple of big plays when we needed to.”  

Trailing 5-1 with just under ten minutes to play in the first period the Hawks were able to stay composed and battle their way back. Behind two goals from Stathius MU outscored the Bobcats 4-1 over the remaining of the period, and headed into the half trailing by only one. 

The contest remained close throughout the second period. Quinnipiac briefly increased their lead to two with 25 minutes remaining in regulation, but just over a minute later sophomore Claudia LaMarca responded with a score to cut the lead back to one. 

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Baseball Loses Series to Quinnipiac Bobcats

TJ Hunt james remeThe baseball team lost two out of three games to conference rivals, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, this past weekend. The Hawks started their weekend by splitting a doubleheader on Saturday and losing their final game, 5-3, on Monday. 

Saturday began with a 9-0 loss to the Bobcats. In unusual fashion, senior right hander Chris McKenna went five innings allowing six runs, three of which were earned, off 11 hits. After facing 27 batters, Head Coach Dean Ehehalt replaced McKenna with senior righthander Adam Yunginger. Yunginger pitched the following three innings permitting three earned runs on five hits. Senior right hander Charlie Battis shut down the Bobcats’ offense with a solid ninth inning appearance. QU’s starter Thomas Jankins and reliever Taylor Luciani held the Hawks to two hits, one from junior Christian Holland and the other from sophomore Grant Lamberton.

The Bobcats saw four starters go 3-for-5 and accumulate a total of six runs. Batting clean-up for the Bobcats was Vincent Guglietti who contributed for four RBI’s and hit a double. QU’s Scott Donaghue also hit a double and scored three runs.

QU took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first and furthered their lead by another run in the top of the second. The Bobcats broke the game open in the third when they scored three more runs to make the score 6-0. With one out in the inning, John Bodenhamer started the rally when he reached first on an error. Two consecutive singles from Matt Oestreicher and Ben Gibson loaded the bases. Bodenhamer reached home on a sacrifice fly; Gibson and Oestreicher moved second and third base, respectively. With two on, Mike Palladino ripped a single down the left field line to plate both Gibson and Oestreicher.

MU was able to hold the QU offense for the next two innings, but by the top of the sixth, the score was 7-0. The final runs of the game came in the eighth inning courtesy of Guglietti’s two-RBI double. 

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Track and Field Competes in Two Events

track and field picColonial Relays

The Monmouth University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams were at two different meets this weekend, with half the team competing at the Colonial Relays for track events and the Liberty Collegiate Invitational for field events.

At the Colonial Relays competing in just track events while the field event athletes were at Liberty, the women finished 11th and the men 12th of more than 50 colleges. The men’s 4x800 group of Senior Andrew Langille, senior Alex Leight, junior Domenick D’Agostino, and sophmore Dylan Capwell ran a IC4A qualifying time of 7:32 to win.

Also qualifying for IC4A’s was the men’s 4x100 team of senior Jalen, freshman Bryan Sosoo, junior Eric Kahana, and junior Ahmier Dupree finishing fifth with a time of 41.97. The men’s spring medley relay of Dupree, Kahana, junior John Malespina and senior captain Ben Boyd ran 3:28.84 for third. Walker took third in the 110 hurdles with a personal best of 14.36 seconds.

“This weekend was a great experience to compete with good competition, allowing me to see where I am at this point in the season, and what I need to improve on going forward,” Walker said.

Running one of the top times in Monmouth history was the 4x1500 team of junior Graham Huggins-Filozof, senior Khari Bowen, junior Kevin French and junior Zach Iannarelli took eighth in 16:22.22. Langille also took sixth in the 800 at 1:53, and D’Agostino was seventh in the 1500 with a time of 3:52. Huggins-Filozof also finished 10th in the steeple in his first time in the event.

For the women, the 4x1500 won for the first time in school history, with the second best time in school history of 19:17, was the relay team of sophomore Molly McKeon, freshman Danielle Leavitt, junior Sydney Engelberger and senior Mackenzie. The 4x800 of freshman Allie Wilson, junior Kendal Hand, sophomore Jenna Cupp, and sophomore Tionna Garner took second overall with an ECAC qualifying time of 8:57.63, the second fastest time in school history. 

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Wasserman Sets Record in Hawks Win

bryce wassermanFreshman Bryce Wasserman made six goals to help the men’s lacrosse team see a 10-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) win over the Canisius Golden Griffs on Saturday afternoon at Monmouth Stadium. Three of Wasserman’s six goals were scored in the fourth quarter giving the freshman a new career high. 

Not only had Wasserman set personal records, but he also set program records while facing Canisius. Wasserman, who has scored at least a point in all ten games so far this season, set a new program-record for the Hawks’ with his six goals and seven points in a single-game against Canisius. Wasserman has accumulated 12 points in the last two games, and is leading MU with 19 goals and 26 points. With the win, the Hawks now move to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the MAAC conference. 

“I am proud of the guys and the way in which we prepared this week after a tough loss on Tuesday night, to come back and earn the victory today,” stated head coach Brian Fisher

Canisius came out at the start of the game strong, scoring the first goal in the contest and led the Hawks throughout most of the first quarter.

Sophomore Chris Daly  helped the Hawks take back the game as he turned a pass from Wasserman into a goal with 2:31 left in the quarter. 

Wasserman, senior Zach Johannes, and senior Ryan Schwartz all contributed to the Hawks’ score and held a one-goal advantage until Wasserman scored with 2:11 remaining in the seven-goal second period. With Wasserman’s goal, MU secured a 5-3 edge over the Golden griggs. The Hawks eventually led 5-4 at half. 

Wasserman came out ready again at the beginning of the third quarter, with an unassisted goal for the Hawks. Canisius answered back as Tim Edwards assisted an Adam Huber tally to cut his team’s deficit. 

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Hawks lead 6-5 before senior John Castellano and Wasserman each scored unassisted goals to put MU ahead 8-5 with 10:08 remaining. 

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